Rays’ Top Ten Nicknames

By Mat Germain
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Sep 16, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris “Big Tree” Archer

The most dominant Rays starter needs a better nickname than this one, but it does point to how he became Archer the Ace.

"After one particularly rough stretch, Chris Archer spoke to the media after a game and spoke about how trees sometimes need a little weather to grow. After that, Archer took off and grew."

We should all put our heads together and come up with a better one for Chris, he deserves better. But still, for now, Big Tree will do. So long as he produces seedlings that grow alongside him, I’m happy!

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